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Sunday, March 25, 2018

University of Western Australia Machinima Awards 2018

Hey, y'all,

I logged into SL this morning to an announcement of an upcoming event and I went there.

You may or may not know that the ISTE Virtual Environments Network meets most every 3rd Tuesday of most every month to view and share machinima. What is that? It's film made from video in online games or virtual worlds. This hour was the culmination of a year of competition and the organizers were clearly dedicated to the art of machinima.

I had to go. Now I have my work cut out for me (in spare time, certainly not in my work day as middle school Technology Teacher). I want to view as many of the winners as I can. I've browsed around a bit, and what I've glimpsed is nothing short of stellar. I have a link for ya.

The videos were originally archived for viewing at the site linked below, but it appears to have been taken down. I'm not sure why, but I can speculate: Second Life has been known to be a bit picky about websites using the moniker "SL" for any part of their names. So, skip to the bottom for a list I pulled out of an immense text chat log.


Here are the winners for the University of Western Australia's 2018 Machinima Awards, as judged by a panel of educators from diverse geolocations. The big winner is at the very end, just like the winners were presented!

Judges:
 - Chantal Harvey - Judging Panel Chair
- Harnake Hunspal - Freelance Producer and Director
- Tess Baxter  – Digital artist and PhD candidate in contemporary art at Lancaster University
- Craig Harbison – CEO of Diamond gate Films, 
The panel for the Merlion Prize was jointly led by Singh Albatross and Kaylee West. The panel for the PookyMedia Prize, led by Pooky Amsterdam (these winners are not shared because their links were not shared in text chat, and viewing them is, after all, the point of this post)
The panel for the UWA Prize & Craft Prizes, was led by Janway Zifanwe.

AWARD FOR ENCHANTMENT: “Art and Transformation - a dialogue at intervals” by LAMPIHALER,  -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOb2XDFioOY

THE INNOVATION AWARD:  “A Night of TV” by SECRET RAGE of Dallas, Texas, USA -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHeYXFK5LGE

THE ARTISTRY PRIZE:  “Alcyon and Ceyx” by JOSEPH NUSSBAUM -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2oRAJF_qXQ

AWARD FOR RHYTHM: “Happy” by IONO ALLEN of France -- https://vimeo.com/250912097

ANTON MESTER AWARD: “Staring Into the Aperture” by VEYOT -- 

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: “MemesZ” by TANTRA SANGHA & M1NN0TAUR -- 

EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD: “Change Dreams” by ELLE THORKVELD -- 

BEST DOCUMENTARY STYLE ART FILM: “A Journey from the Past: Singapore” by DIANA ROSE of Jakarta, Indonesia -- 

UWA SPECIAL PRIZE (3-way tie): 

     “For Love and Art” by AMELIE MARCOUD -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VLT4rPnVag

     “Never Say Never” by SUZIE ANDERTON of Inworld Films -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-llbqYfZpk

     “The Amalgamation of Objects” by CHIC AEON of Corvallis, Oregon, USA -- https://www.slartist.com/slartistuwa-amalgamation-of-objects_bd7a7f678.html

Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge SLARTIST@UWA MACHINIMA CHALLENGE WINNERS ARE:

5TH PLACE: “Cerulean” by Bryn Oh of Canada -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhIKEak5p3Q

4PLACE: “Before the World was Made” by ISABELLE CHEREN of the UK -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042sdxgvBIU

3RD PLACE: ”The River of Forgetting” by NATASCHA RANDT and KARIMA HOISAN of Gelsenkirchen, Germany and San Isidro del General, Costa Rica -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikl7lnCOP1k

2nd PLACE:  “Serendipity” by TUTSY NAVARATHNA of Pondicherry, India -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMMmbpwlMrc

1ST PLACE: The WINNER of the Slartist@UWA Machinima Challenge: Art of the Artists: “Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) and Intrusion Detection System(IDS)” by GLASZ DECUIR -- https://vimeo.com/249233312

Enjoy! 

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